Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Loving the Master
Author: Lynn Kelling
Series: The Manse #2
Heroes: David Davenport/Shae Whittier
Genre: MM Contemporary BDSM
Length: 450 Pages
Publisher: Fantastic Fiction Publishing
Release Date: February 9, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Billionaire Dominant David Davenport needs a break from the loveless isolation imposed by wealth, responsibility, and the stress of running the Manse, his private gay club. While at lunch with an old friend, David finds himself enchanted by the charming and submissive nature of Shea Whittier, their young waiter. David offers to help the young man out with his personal troubles, never suspecting the danger he’s putting them both in.
Review: This was my favorite Lynn Kelling so far. While there were a few things that didn’t quite work for me, there were so many more that did.
David is bored and in a bit of a lull. He’s hasn’t found anyone lately who he really connected with. That changes when he meets young Shae. Shae is having a bit of a rough time (he lives with a horrible ex-boyfriend, is attacked, loses said apartment, job, etc.), but no matter what life throws at him, he has this positive perky attitude that is hard not to make you smile.
When David notices some submissive tendencies in Shae, he is intrigued. He ends up offering to help him out, wanting to wrap Shae up and keep him safe. But, things go horribly wrong when David’s father steps in and Shae is basically attacked again. That was pretty brutal to read, but the rest of the story makes up for it. David feels the only safe place for Shae is with him back at the Manse where he can be more assured of the security. There is an extreme amount of security (which got a bit weird at times, as they never had any privacy at all). Shae is so young and naïve and needing someone to take care of him, and David steps right in and tries to do just that.
This is where things get really interesting. Shae is not in the scene at all, especially since he is so young and has such little experience. So, being introduced to it even a little at a time is a bit overwhelming. David has quite a domain in the Manse, where he also lives, and it is quite expansive. What I loved about Shae was that even though he as a total newbie in all ways, he was not a total pushover. He didn’t just accept all the master/slave stuff, he asked questions, normal questions, which were the perfect contrast to David’s properness. While he did learn how to be David’s submissive, he never totally fit the role of perfect sub, which I found totally perfect. 🙂
Shae is adorable and funny, hard to imagine after all he’s been through, and he really was a great partner for David. I loved watching David step away from the cold master and open his heart to Shae. I’ve had some issues in the past with Ms. Kelling’s books due to her use of tense (which are solely my own issues), but that didn’t happen here, and allowed me to fully enjoy this story. It was fast-paced, full of excitement and suspense with lots of smexy and emotional time as well. I definitely recommend this story and her other series as well.
Overall Impression: I loved it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*